More Help on the Way
Prince George BC – With no relief in sight in the weather forecast, B.C.’s wildfire emergency is expected to continue over the next few weeks. To ensure that adequate resources are available to continue in the fight, more international personnel are on the way.
Over the next week, more than 400 firefighting staff from New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and the United States will join the over 3,800 personnel currently working throughout the province to respond to the ongoing wildfire situation in B.C.
This will be a mix of specialized support staff, including incident management teams, and highly trained and experienced wildland firefighting crews. They will join over 3,150 personnel from British Columbia (including more than 1,450 B.C. contract personnel) as well as over 630 other out-of-province personnel who have been working tirelessly to protect the province’s communities and infrastructure.
These firefighters are trained to the standards of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. The cost of bringing in the international personnel will be covered by the Province of B.C.
Hot and dry weather conditions have kept a persistently high-to-extreme fire danger rating throughout B.C. Firefighting crews are on standby in all six of B.C.’s fire centres in preparation for an anticipated increase in fire starts over the next few days due to unsettled weather in the forecast that may bring lightning.
Bless you all!!!
ah the USA has finally decided to help.
I wonder what took them so long?
I hate to tell you this but the US has been helping out since the day the government requested help Oregon and Washington state sent roughly 40 firefighters but were limited to what they could send due to several large fires in their respective states Wyoming also supplied several pieces of fire fighting equipment and logistics officers
didn’t know that, thank you
weeks ago a man from Little Fort; on CBC radio said, the locals could not work on the fire. I heard similiar several times since; hearing they have no expierence. When I was a teenager, a couple of us were grabbed from swimming; had to go as well they got others from the hotel, in our little town. Now it appears these rural young people are not trained, but most can handle a shovel, a hose, and most of them a chainsaw, but they likely can’t afford a pair of work boots.
Three simple things liability, untrained people and no or limited understanding of fire knowledge combine all three and you have a ready made accident waiting to happen if your so concerned why don’t you take the fire certification course and then you can fight on the line
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